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  •  Re: Ammonia (4+ / 0-)
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    Caveat - I am neither a chemist or biologist, so this is largely speculation on my part --maybe someone with greater knowledge can speak up on this:

    My personal understanding is that ammonia breaks down relatively quickly into nitrate and nitrite. Now, nitrate is fairly common in the world, so at first blush I wouldn't think that represented much of a problem, and for the most part it probably doesn't.

    However, the drinking water standard for nitrate is .1 ppm (parts per million).  This is because high levels of nitrate have been linked to a condition nicknamed "blue baby syndrome" -- basically in infants and people with circulatory problems, it results in the blood being unable to carry enough oxygen.  

    Again, I am not a chemist or biologist, so I have no idea if levels of nitrate in food would have a similar effect, so please don't take what I've said above as direct evidence that this stuff causes BBS -- I really have no clue.  But it would be an interesting line of inquiry to pursue.

    Also, there has been some research that hints that water with high nitrate levels may lead to increased risk of some types of cancer.  Again, caveat as above, but again a worth line of inquiry to make.

    •  there has been a lot of research already (0+ / 0-)

      about nitrates and nitrites in food, especially processed meats.

      google is your friend

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 07:38:56 AM PDT

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    •  NH4OH is actually naturally present (0+ / 0-)

      In some fermented foods like dried fish or shrimp, particularly if stored in a humid atmosphere. And Koreans eat a type of fish pickled in the stuff.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 10:54:54 AM PDT

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